Francine Marie Clifford, daughter of the late Lillian and Charles Fitzgerald, passed from this life on June 2, 2022. Born February 2, 1934 in Medford, Massachusetts, Francine was a 1951 graduate of Matignon High School. She attended the Katharine Gibbs School of Boston, where she acquired skills that would serve her well as a secretary at MIT, the U.N. and later at St. Anthony Hospital and School Pictures, Inc. in Columbus ,Ohio.
Devoted to her faith, Francine was an active member of the Saint John XXIII Catholic Community of Canal Winchester and was generous with many charitable causes. She enjoyed spending time with the Greencastle Homemakers and was a longtime docent with the Fairfield Heritage Association. She was an expert at crochet and was proud of the many ribbons her crafts won at the Fairfield County Fair. She also loved words, language, and red geraniums. She will be deeply missed.
Francine is survived by her five children: Christopher (Tawan) Clifford of Centerville; Patrick Clifford of Columbus; Charles Clifford (Naira) of Annapolis, MD; Robert (Rachel) Clifford of Galena and Megan Clifford of Columbus. She is also survived by her sisters Catherine Powell of Westford, MA and Nancy O’Herron of Winchester, MA as well as by her five grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of nearly forty years, Commander Timothy C. Clifford, USNR, by her brothers Tom Fitzgerald and Tony Fitzgerald and her sister Rosemary Dugard.
Calling hours will be held Thursday, June 9 from 4-7 p.m. at DWAYNE R. SPENCE FUNERAL HOME, 650 W. Waterloo St., Canal Winchester, OH. Funeral services will be Friday, June 10 at 10 a.m. Dwayne R. Spence with interment to follow at Wesley Chapel Cemetery.